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QUICK TIPS TO ENHANCE DANCER THINKING & ENGAGEMENT

Ever think of what you can do to enhance the learning curve in your dance class? While dancers are often taught “how” sometimes we forget the “why’s,” “when’s,” and “where’s” things came from and happened….

In a time of abundant amounts of homework and test-taking, it sometimes can be a challenge to give little mini-projects to your dance students when no grade is pending, but if you make it fun and quick, I guarantee your students will enjoy learning more about dance, and not just from a movement standpoint.

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BRINGING CONTENT KNOWLEDGE TO TECHNICAL TRAINING

From my experiences as both a student and a teacher, what I have come to recognize is that learning the why’s and how’s of technique, composition, history, anatomy, etc, is what ultimately separates the dancer who watches, repeats and may perform well with that who becomes an artist of their craft...

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VIDEO VAULT- STRETCHES FOR HIP FLEXORS WITH JESS STAFFORD

Here's a great , "How to" teaching segment on exercises for stretching and strengthening hip flexors with our own, Jess Stafford! Catch her this summer at the Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas July 29th-August 1st!

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I DON’T WANT TO SEE THE CHOREOGRAPHY, I WANT TO SEE THE DANCE

When choreographers have a vision, it’s usually about the work in its entirety. The concept. The story. The feelings they hope the movement evokes. That’s what touches the audience and speaks to their soul; the essence and the spirit of the moving bodies......

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GIVING YOUR NOTICE & KEEPING IT AMICABLE

Teachers, we have all been in the position where we have taught for dance studios that started off as a wonderful experience; where we have invested a number of years only to discover that at a certain point, it’s time to move on. If you are lucky enough to find that dance studio where your teaching philosophy, creative ideas and overall mindset gel with the owner’s and grow together for years on end, then that is ideal. However, dance teachers are evolving artists and human beings where your professional and personal needs change as well. Sometimes you either feel like you’ve done everything you can do there or are in need of a new challenge, environment and goals in which to reinvent yourself and progress as a teacher...

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BIDDING FAREWELL TO SENIOR DANCERS

As we wind down from recital season, we have also reached that point when it’s time to say goodbye to graduating students. Our beloved senior dancers, who many of us have trained since they were little, now stand before us as mature dancers, performers, beautiful artists and young adults ready to tackle the next phase of their education and careers.....

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR EVERY DANCE WORD WALL

Every dancer benefits from inspirational words and sayings which lift their spirit, keep them motivated, reflect a studio's mission and speaks to their dancing soul. Below are some of my favorite, which I've collected over the years which always seem to resonate with young dancers in some way as well as faculty and teachers alike.

Think about showcasing one or two that speak to you, whether as decals or signs on your studio walls, written on a large chalk or whiteboard or passed out to your dancers! Sometimes we all need a little lift with affirming words and sometimes showcasiing our studio spirit sets the tone for the goals you are trying to achieve and inspires the students you are teaching!.....

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NAVIGATING CREATIVE BLOCK

We’ve all been there….the time when the ideas just aren’t flowing and we are facing a deadline of ten+ numbers to be choreographed in a matter of weeks...We sit and barrel through trying to find music which inspires us to conjure up any kind of inspiration in the worst way; forcing ideas we know are mediocre just so we have a jumping off point to get something down on paper for class or rehearsal that night....

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YOU DON'T WANT EVERY STUDENT AT YOUR STUDIO, JUST THE RIGHT ONES!

As a business owner you should want more business, i.e.: more students. If you say you don’t then you are not focusing on what really matters to the health of your business… REVENUE!

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CRITICAL COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

This is a follow up article to  “Sometimes You Don’t Have All the Answers, and That’s Ok!” I recommend that you read that article first before you read this one. As the theories and principles in this article will make more sense. They both work together and will help you when you are hit with a crisis.

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EXPANDING YOUR MUSICAL REPERTOIRE

Is faculty music selection a constant stress? Do you have to approve all music choices because teachers choose the same music or inappropriate content, music that does not match your recital theme, dated and overdone songs, etc.?  How do you diplomatically suggest to faculty that you’d prefer them to think of another idea? Being able to balance artistic directorship without stifling teachers creativity is a fine line. Sometimes though, for the sake of the business and developing memorable works that showcase professionalism, variety and artistry is necessary........

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IMPORTANT RECITAL APPEARANCE REMINDERS

With just a few more weeks to go, I wanted to share a few reminders that can transcend your year-end shows from “nice, little dances” to “professional caliber performances!” It’s easy to let things slip by whether it be with younger dancers or recreational students, but applying expectations to all will produce a recital where everyone presents themselves as unified, neat and streamlined. Consequently, those lasting impressions will be a direct correlation to your studio name and how the community perceives the professionalism of your business! Remember it all comes down to the details which make the difference; whether you are a full-on training facility or recreational studio......

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5 TIPS FOR MANAGING EXCESSIVE STUDENT INJURIES

In recent years there seems to be an over-abundance of ailments, injuries, illnesses, etc. Have you noticed it too? Sometimes I walk into the studio and feel like I’m constantly taking the first five minutes of class to greet my receiving line of students waiting to tell me what is wrong with them and what they can’t do that day. This processional starts from my youngest beginners to my oldest, advanced dancers, so there seems to be a trend.....

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TEACHING TIPS FOR PIROUETTES

Here is a great video by Matthew Powell to help your students improve their pirouettes
 

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HOW TO BUILD WORD-OF-MOUTH REFERRALS

Even in today's media-driven world, there is no better form of advertising than word-of-mouth, a personal referral from someone whose opinions others trust and respect. Dance school owners are among the biggest beneficiaries of word-of-mouth referrals, as they require no advertising and marketing budget. The key is how do you get your students and their parents talking?

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